TomasG Posted November 23, 2010 Report Share Posted November 23, 2010 About the barrier... I had previously pointed out (in one of the lost posts) that fences, walls, and barriers serve two purposes. To keep something or someone out and also to keep something or someone in. The thought has occurred to me that the barrier may have originally been raised to keep the surviving remnants of the human population from the rest of the continent out of Altinestra so as to protect the Icanian and Kalorians that remained. Perhaps that was the plan to save all or as many as possible. Remember, the the period of sleep was supposed to be only for 100 years. Well within the lifetime of the Icarians that weren't put to sleep. I don't think that the longevity of the Kalorians has ever been mentioned, but the Kalorian species would have survived. That being said, it has been 2500 years not 100 years so the question is 'what and who has survived that length of time?' The Kalorian species would likely have because they are able to procreate, but what about the Icarians. Now... about that giant machine. If you recall the Emperor's ambition and plan was to expand the Empire by conquering the Commonwealth one planet at a time. That was the real purpose in creating an army of Thrones. From Book 2, Chapter 39 The emperor barked out a deep, understanding laugh. “Remember Savaron, our goal remains unchanged. Although we’re not sure what we’ll find on Altinestra when we emerge, we’ll have a formidable army at our command; even, dare I say, an invincible one? And I intend to use them. Given all our careful preparations, it should be possible.”“I can assure you that it will be quite possible, my Emperor.” “Don’t think I’ve forgotten your hand in this, my dear friend.” The Emperor’s smile never reached his eyes. “With the exogates blocked by the Commonwealth, your back-up plan grows more attractive every day. I look forward to seeing the look on their faces once we unleash the power we’ve been hiding. I dare say it’s been tempting. I don’t like sitting on my hands while the bloody Commonwealth makes us look like eunuchs. It will be a vengeful treat to wield the knife that emasculates them.” But, in order to accomplish that goal there had to be someway for that army to be able to get to the planets in the Commonwealth, and the only way that could be done was by exogate and the Commonwealth had shut them down. It may well be that the giant underground machine at Overland Flats is at the least a super powerful exogate capable of either overriding and reactivating the exogates on the other planets or directly transporting the Throne army to any planet in the Commonwealth, thereby allowing the Thrones to invade and conquer that planet. An unknown factor is what Jamie may have done to the machine or at least the controls when Renaud took and left him there in Chapter 38. Speculation, speculation, speculation... isn't it fun. LOL TomasG Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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